Today’s review item is certainly a different type of iPad case. The HandStand for iPad is exactly what it sounds like; a case made for holding the iPad with one hand. It is the first case that I have reviewed that has a built in hand strap. The case is composed of flexible silicone to keep the iPad safe from harm while using an elastic strap to carry the Apple tablet around.

This stand gained some notoriety by being mentioned on the Howard Stern show for use in onanistic endeavors; which I don’t think was the market the creators were targeting. To each his own, I guess.

Currently it is only available for the original iPad version, but their website, the iPad 2 version will be out in mid May.

The HandStand arrives in an orange cardboard package with the device pictured in front along with a smaller picture of a hand holding the case through the back hand strap. The back of the box describes the device along with displaying two other images.

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Inside the package we find the HandStand, a card describing its features and a warranty sheet.

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The HandStand is very similar to other silicone-based iPad cases in feel and texture. It is an all black case made of molded polyurethane. What sets it apart from other similar style cases is the built in HandPad.

Looking at the inside of the HandStand we see a felt padded disc, which functions as the pivot for the outside HandPad. On the sides are two depressions for the outer two ridges on the back of the case.

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There are openings for the dock connector, speakers, mute switch and headphone jacks with silicone-coated buttons overlaying the power and volume controls.

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Flipping the HandStand over on to its back reveals the curved HandPad. This disc includes an elevated ridge for maintaining a solid grip on the case to keep from dropping one’s iPad. It is shaped to allow the users fingers to conform into a comfortable curved state. The disk rotates in a 360 degree fashion. The strap is made of heavy duty elastic and is designed as a one size fits all.

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The disc was designed to function as a landscape or portrait oriented stand as well.

Specifications:

HandStand for iPad

A revolutionary rotational iPad case that maximizes functionality and protection
A rotating disk that allows the user to spin the iPad 360 degrees to effortlessly swivel from landscape to portrait
The perfect ergonomic solution to holding your iPad that prevents accidental application launches and enables the user to scroll with no fumble or fuss
Durable, semi-flexible silicone case that provides reliable protection for you iPad without scuffing
Integrated stand that allows for optimal viewing and comfortable typing for tabletop or desk use
One size fits all hand strap to hold the iPad firmly in place and enables your free hand to easily manipulate the touch screen

Simple, elegant and durable design that comes in black and white

The Revolution Is at Hand — the HandStand Story
HandStand™ — now the iPad isn’t just revolutionary, it’s EFFORTLESS.

Try this: hold your hand in front of you in roughly the position you’d hold a tablet computer. Or a plate of doughnuts. Just hold your hand out there; no objects and no weight. How fast does your arm get tired? One minute? Five minutes?

We love our iPads. But almost as soon as we got them, we noticed there were ergonomic problems with iPad use that limited how much time we were willing to spend with it. We couldn’t figure out a comfortable, functional way to hold and use the iPad without eventually having some fatigue, not to mention launching apps by accident, random scrolling, etc. Maybe we’re just clumsy — but then we started hearing the same things from everyone.

A Groundbreaking Accessory for iPad Users
So, with a background in chemical engineering and plastics, we thought, “We can fix this. We’ll create a new kind holder — and entirely new tool — that makes the iPad easy to hold, display and use.”

We didn’t want just another iPad accessory case that looked nice and protected the device. Not that we have anything against looking good and being protected. But we needed something that allowed us to use our iPads for long periods of time, in any position, with the ability to use it and display it in landscape or portrait orientation. Something, you might say, that would put the iPad’s full potential in the palm of our hand.

We also wanted something simple, elegant, durable and attractive — about as far away from just another cheap iPad accessory as you can get.

Take HandStand for a Spin?
We promise we won’t use that lousy pun more than three or four more times. But the point is that you have 360 degrees of ergonomic freedom with HandStand iPad holder. Revolutionary, in other words. Unlike cheap, plastic accessories for the iPad, HandStand is a durable, silicone accessory for the iPad with a tough, rotating disk that allows you to spin the iPad freely from landscape to portrait and back again. Now you have a free hand, literally, to do everything you and your iPad can do. Hold your iPad effortlessly and easily manipulate the touch screen with your aforementioned free hand. Once you’ve used HandStand, you’ll wonder why all devices don’t have this incredible functionality. Or else you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of it first.

Installation involves sliding the iPad into the HandStand case section and securing the edges around the iPad. Removing it involves peeling the sides off the iPad and then removing the tablet.

The case securely holds the iPad while allowing access to all the controls and inputs. The HandPad definitely adds bulk to the unit but surprisingly less than I initially expected.

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In terms of protection the HandStand seems like it would protect the iPad from most minor to moderate trauma. The front of the case wraps around the iPad to give it a protective bezel that any case worth its salt should provide. Of course you still have to deal with the exposed iPad screen, but unless you have a folio case that is almost always an issue.

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Resting the HandStand upon the HandPad creates a low profile angle that is ideal for typing, but not movie viewing. Maybe in the future they will add a retractable stand for horizontal and vertical screen viewing when resting on a flat surface.

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Of course the HandPad is what sets this case apart from the competition. Slipping on the elastic band is simple and holding it is relatively comfortable. There is little to no strain felt on the hand when holding the HandStand encased iPad. The feeling I experience using the HandStand was the iPad was my shield and I was preparing for a joust. It is a very strange sensation to carry around the iPad in this fashion. Functionally the iPad was easy to use, although typing is obviously limited to one hand which may bother some folks.

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Conclusion:

Overall the HandStand is most certainly a novel concept. It’s built in hand strap and rotating disk on it’s back section make the iPad feel like a shield more than a tablet device. It is ideal for those who need to use and iPad in an “on the go” type setting where carrying the iPad for long periods may become ergonomically tiring.

For the folks who rest their iPad on their lap this may not be the case you’d want to invest in. Personally I think it is a niche style case; one that I would use from time to time but not as my everyday iPad cover. For others it may be an ergonomic lifesaver.

7

Pros:
+Well constructed iPad case
+Built in handstrap
+Ergonomically designed

Cons:
-Bulky
-Does not work as a horizontal or vertical stand

Grades:  
Overall score-7-10
Design score-8-10
Performance score-7-10

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